City of Hermosa Beach Daily COVID-19 Update for 5.14.20
To help keep the community informed, the City of Hermosa Beach is providing regular updates featuring the latest news about COVID-19; related local updates; and how the City is working to meet the needs of the community and protect public health.
New Executive Order for Local Beach Reopening: The City issued a new executive order (2020-03) today to align with the amended County Public Health order and outlining local procedures related to the reopening of Hermosa’s beach. These include setting beach and park operating hours from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and closing or limiting access to City parking lots near the beach. L.A. County amended the public health order allowing Hermosa’s beach and all other L.A. County beaches to re-open on Wednesday for active recreation only, which includes running, walking, surfing and swimming. Picnicking, sunbathing, beach chairs, coolers and umbrellas are prohibited at this time. The County Safer at Home order in still in effect and other COVID-19 restrictions also continue to apply: Beachgoers should maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance from non-household members, wear a cloth face mask when in close proximity to others, stay home when ill and wash their hands frequently. The City asks beachgoers to be responsible for observing these restrictions to protect their health and the health of others.
Hermosa Beach Strand Remains Closed Under County Order: While Manhattan Beach City Council voted today to reopen its Strand, Hermosa Beach is not opening its Strand at this time based on the L.A. County Public Health Order that was issued yesterday. That order listed “bicycle paths that traverse the sand” as among the beachfront facilities that must remain closed to slow the spread of COVID-19. Hermosa Beach’s Strand serves as both a pedestrian walkway and a bicycle path that traverses the sand, while Manhattan Beach’s bike path that crosses the sand is separate from the Strand walkway that the Council voted to open. Manhattan Beach’s bike path remains closed by the public health order.
Hermosa Police Citing Traffic and Alcohol Violations: As a result of feedback from the community and police officers’ observations, the Hermosa Beach Police Department is actively enforcing laws governing criminal activities that diminish the quality of life on and around the beach. Officers issued numerous citations for traffic and alcohol violations during the day and late into the evening on Wednesday, when the beach was opened to the public for the first time in more than six weeks. With the reopening expected to bring more people to Hermosa Beach, Police Chief Paul LeBaron said officers will continue to actively monitor and enforce the law so that those who use the beach responsibly are able to enjoy it.
2020 Junior Lifeguards Program Suspended: The L.A. County Junior Lifeguards Program announced yesterday that the 2020 Junior Lifeguard Program has been suspended to protect public health during the COVID-19 pandemic at the direction of the Los Angeles County Fire Department and partners at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
Thunderbirds Fly Over SoCal, Hermosa Beach Tomorrow to Honor Front-Line Workers: The Thunderbirds, a U.S. Air Force demonstration squadron, will fly over Southern California tomorrow including over the Beach Cities at around 1:45 p.m. The flight is part of a nationwide show of support for healthcare workers, first responders and other essential workers aiding the public during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Los Angeles County Update: The L.A. County Department of Public Health today reported 51 new deaths and 925 new cases of COVID-19. To date, Public Health has identified 35,329 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of LA County, and a total of 1,709 deaths. The County continues to report 25 COVID-19 diagnoses and 2 COVID-19 related deaths in Hermosa Beach. Additional details were not made available, and it is unclear when these deaths occurred.
State & Federal Updates
Gov. Newsom Announces Budget Reductions: In the face of a global health crisis that has triggered a financial crisis, Gov. Gavin Newsom today submitted his 2020-21 May Revision budget proposal to the Legislature, which seeks to close a budget gap of more than $54 billion brought on swiftly by the COVID-19 recession.
Global Coronavirus Figures: Over 4.4 million people have confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide, and more than 301,000 COVID-19 related deaths have occurred across the globe as of May 14, according to Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.
Latest Facts & Figures*
Jurisdiction - Reported Cases | Reported Deaths
- Hermosa Beach - 25 | 2
- L.A. County - 35,329 | 1,709
- California - 73,164 | 3,032
- United States - 1,384,930 | 83,947
*All reported data is from the close of the previous day.
Please continue to follow public health experts’ recommendations to avoid spreading the coronavirus including frequent handwashing, avoiding others who are ill, keeping a safe distance from one another, and staying home if you are ill. Public Health has issued the following guidance during this time of increased spread: If you are mildly sick, stay home for at least seven days or until 72 hours after being fever free, whichever is longer. Call your doctor if you are concerned and/or your symptoms worsen. Individuals who are elderly, have underlying health conditions or pregnant should consider contacting their providers earlier when they are sick. More information is available here.
We are monitoring updates and sharing information about the coronavirus from trusted sources including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, California Department of Public Health, and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
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